READ: "War Against Boys" (by Kimmel - in Dropbox "Articles" folder)
1. Summary: Discuss what is meant by “the war on boys.” What is meant by “misguided feminism”? What are Kimmel’s counter-claims to these arguments?
2. Regarding the following quote from the article
On college campuses, wo.men now constitute the majority of students, passing men in 1982, so that in eight years women will earn 58 percent of bachelor's degrees in U.S. colleges. Doomsayers lament that women now outnumber men in the social and behavioral sciences byabout 3 to 1, and they've "invaded" such traditionally male bastions as engineering (where they now make up 20 percent of all students) and biology and business (virtually par).
What accounts for these surges in outcomes for women in higher learning? Why might this be seen as a
threat to some interests? Also, what other academic “bastions” are considered “male” in our culture?
How are some disciplines gendered “male”?
3. Kimmel references sociologist Cynthia Fuchs who says that the gender distinctions are “deceptive.”
What does she mean by this? What is her more balanced way of looking at the issue?
4. Math and science are for boys. English and foreign languages are for girls. Therefore, boys who like
English are “girlie,” and girls who like science are “butch.” As new scholars in academia, have you
observed anything in your experiences to support or contradict these stereotypes?